The Carnegie Park is host to several events throughout the year, and is available year-round for other functions. The park is comprised of an upper and lower park.
The upper park has two buildings available for rental, including the heated 9,000 sq. ft. Vernon Crose Memorial Building, and the 3,600 sq. ft. Fine Arts Building, which is completely climate-controlled. Both buildings have complete water and restroom facilities. The Fine Arts building also has a kitchen with refrigerator and gas range/oven.
The upper park also has a large playground area, with slides, seesaws, picnic tables, grills, and more. It’s the perfect place to have a birthday party, family reunion, or any gathering.
The lower park, which is directly adjacent and north of the upper park, has a 1/2 mile walking/biking course, which is also lighted for early morning and evening use. The lower park also has a large grass softball field, and a rodeo arena maintained by the Carnegie Round-Up Club. Their annual rodeo is held in the middle of July of every year.
The Carnegie World Championship Domino Tournament, held during the second week of February since the 1940’s, is a super-regional attraction. Players from all over the state and region compete for nothing more than bragging rights. Sports Illustrated magazine covered the event in 1967, citing the great tradition and colorful history of the event.
The Kiowa Gourd Clan Powwow happens every July 1-4 in the lower park, and has been a major event in the park for nearly 60 years.
The Carnegie Round-Up Club Rodeo is held annually in the middle of July at the Rodeo Arena for two nights, and features bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, and many other events. The Club also has numerous events throughout the year, including the popular “Kid Night”, held weekly during the spring through fall.
The Carnegie Fair & Canna Festival during the last weekend of September is both one of the premier arts & crafts festivals held in western Oklahoma, and a traditional “county” fair for both locals and visitors from around the state. The Carnegie Fair Association along with the and Carnegie Chamber of Commerce host the fair and festival, which brings top-notch entertainment, great “state fair” food, and carnival rides and games to the area. The Fair Association operates several vintage carnival rides at the park, including a completely restored Eli Bridge #5 Ferris Wheel, a Rondina miniature train, swing ride, a Garbrick Merry Mixer, Mini Pirate Ship Ride, and a “Merry Minnow” fish ride.